Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Trade voided . . . Blazers, Broncos deal with Cougars, Blades
















After the frantic burst of activity on Tuesday, things were relatively quiet on the WHL trade front on Wednesday. Although there was one interesting twist, as the WHL had to void one Tuesday deal.
On Tuesday, the Kamloops Blazers traded D Josh Connolly and a 2016 second-round bantam draft pick to the Swift Current Broncos for D Brycen Martin.
On Wednesday, the Blazers dealt Connolly to the Prince George Cougars for D Marc McNulty.
Seriously . . . it really happened.
The WHL voided the deal between Kamloops and Swift Current, issuing this news release:
“. . . the trade between the Kamloops Blazers and Swift Current Broncos (Joshua Connolly for Brycen Martin) on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 was not concluded to the satisfaction of the two Clubs concerned. Consequently, the WHL has ruled the trade to be null and void.”
What happened?
Jon Keen, the radio voice of the Blazers, tweeted that Connolly refused to report to Swift Current.
Martin, 18, and that draft pick were returned to the Broncos.
Before day’s end, the Blazers and Broncos had turned around and cut deals with divisional rivals.
Connolly, 19, was dealt to his hometown team, the Cougars, for McNulty, 19. The Blazers also get a 2016 sixth-round draft pick, with the Cougars picking up a sixth-round pick in 2015.
Connolly, a third-round pick in the 2010 bantam draft, has 34 points, five of them goals, in 39 games this season. In 164 career regular-season games, he has 85 points, 17 of them goals. Before joining the Blazers, Connolly played for the major midget Cariboo Cougars, who play out of Prince George.
The 6-foot-6 McNulty, from Medicine Hat, was a 10th-round pick in the 2010 bantam draft. He was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2013 draft. In 170 regular-season games with the Cougars, he has 72 points, including 30 goals. This season, he has 15 points, including five goals, in 30 games.
Connolly will debut with the Cougars this weekend as they play in Victoria on Friday and Saturday nights. The Blazers are at home to the Kelowna Rockets on Friday.
And the whole thing came full circle shortly when Martin, who by now was at home in Calgary, was dealt to the Saskatoon Blades, with a conditional fifth-round 2017 bantam draft pick, for D Jordan Thomson, 18, and a first-round pick in the 2016 draft that originally belonged to the Red Deer Rebels.
Thomson, from Wawanesa, Man., was the fourth-overall pick in the 2011 bantam draft. He was taken by Kamloops, then dealt to the Blades last season. The 2017 fifth-round pick is conditional on his playing as a 20-year-old.
In 24 games with the Blades this season, Thomson has 12 points, two of them goals. In 104 career games, he has 42 points, including seven goals.
Martin, the second overall pick in the 2011 bantam draft, was a third-round selection by the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL’s 2014 draft. He had 16 points, two of them goals, in 39 games with the Broncos this season. In 181 regular-season games, he had 72 points.
Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has more on the Blades’ deal right here.
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The Tri-City Americans have acquired F Tyler Sandhu, 18, from the Red Deer Rebels for fourth-round selections in the 2016 and 2017 bantam draft. . . . Sandhu, from Richmond, B.C., was traded by the Everett Silvertips to Red Deer on Oct. 20 for fourth-round picks in the 2015 and 2016 bantam drafts. . . . He had one goal in nine games with Everett. In Red Deer, he had 18 points, including eight goals, in 28 games. . . . In 148 career regular-season games, he has 82 points, 41 of them goals. . . . The Americans are at home to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday.
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TRADE DEADLINE DEALS:
(All draft picks in bantam draft unless otherwise noted; deadline is Saturday, 1 p.m. MT)

Dec. 10 . . .
To Kelowna: D Josh Morrissey (95), F Gage Quinney (95).
To Prince Albert: D Jesse Lees (95), F Austin Glover (96), 2016 second-round pick, 2017 third-round pick.
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Dec. 12 . . .
To Red Deer: D Nelson Nogier (96), F Austin Adamson (96).
To Saskatoon: F Mason McCarty (97), 2015 second-round pick, 2016 first-round pick.
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Dec. 16 . . .
To Calgary: G Thatcher Demko, 19, who is at Boston College.
To Spokane: Conditional draft picks. Guy Flaming of The Pipeline Show tweeted that he had it as a second-rounder in 2015 and a second- or third-rounder in 2016.
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Dec. 27 . . .
To Swift Current: D Griffin Foulk, 19.
To Lethbridge: Conditional eighth-round pick in 2016.
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Dec. 27 . . .
To Red Deer: D Colton Bobyk, 18, and a 2016 fourth-round pick.
To Spokane: D Nick Charif, 19, a second-round 2015 pick and a conditional sixth-round 2016 selection.
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Jan. 2 . . .
To Brandon: F Morgan Klimchuk, 19.
To Regina: F Jesse Gabrielle, 17.
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Jan. 5 . . .
To Medicine Hat: D Kyle Burroughs, 19, and F Dryden Hunt, 19.
To Regina: D Connor Hobbs, 17, and two draft picks -- second-rounder in 2016 and third-rounder in 2015.
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Jan. 5 . . .
To Saskatoon: D Kolton Dixon, 19.
To Red Deer: G Trevor Martin, 18.
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Jan. 5 . . .
To Red Deer: F Connor Gay, 19, and three bantam draft picks -- a first-rounder in 2016, a second in 2015 and a seventh in 2017.
To Regina: F Jake Leschyshyn, 15, and a fourth-round pick in 2017.
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Jan. 5 . . .
To Brandon: D Reid Gow, 20.
To Spokane: A fifth-round pick, Spokane’s option for 2015 or 2016.
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Jan. 6 . . .
To Kelowna: F Leon Draisaitl, 19.
To Prince Albert: F Tomas Schmidli, 18, D Dalton Yorke, 18, and three bantam draft picks -- a first-rounder in 2015, a fourth-rounder in 2016 and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2016 or 2017.
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Jan. 6 . . .
To Prince George: D Tomas Andrlik, 19.
To Prince Albert: A 12th-round pick in 2015.
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Jan. 6 . . .
To Moose Jaw: D Connor Clouston, 18.
To Kamloops: A fifth-round pick in 2017.
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Jan. 6 . . .
To Calgary: G Brendan Burke, 19.
To Portland: G Evan Johnson, 18, and a fourth-round pick in 2016.
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Jan. 6 . . .
To Lethbridge: D Brady Reagan, 17.
To Regina: F Taylor Cooper, 19.
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Jan. 6 . . .
To Victoria: F Alex Forsberg, 19, a third-round pick in 2015 and a fourth-round pick in 2016.
To Saskatoon: F Brayden Dunn, 16, and a first-round pick in 2017.
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Jan. 6 . . .
To Portland: D Adam Henry, 20.
To Saskatoon: A second-round pick 2017.
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Jan. 6 . . .
To Moose Jaw: F Axel Blomqvist, 19, a third-round pick in 2015 and a fifth-round pick in 2017.
To Victoria: D Alexey Sleptsov, 18, G Justin Paulic, 19, and a sixth-round pick in 2015.
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Jan. 7 . . .
To Tri-City: F Tyler Sandhu, 18.
To Red Deer: Fourth-round picks in 2015 and 2016.
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Jan. 7 . . .
To Kamloops: D Marc McNulty, 19, and a 2016 sixth-round draft pick.
To Prince George: D Josh Connolly, 19, and a 2015 sixth-round draft pick.
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Jan. 7 . . .
To Saskatoon: D Brycen Martin, 18, and a conditional 2017 fifth-round draft pick.
To Swift Current: D Jordan Thomson, 18, and a 2016 first-round draft pick (originally belonged to Red Deer).

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